Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Foreign tourists view Moscow as Europe’s most unfriendly city

TripAdvisor, an international traveling portal, published results of the poll held among 1,400 tourists from all over the world. The poll showed Moscow as one of the most unfriendly cities in Europe. Moscow, as a European capital, received only one “award” in the poll, whereas capitals of Great Britain, France and Italy appear in several lists at once. London, Paris and Rome gained the largest amount of both positive and negative reviews.

London, as travelers believe, is the most expensive city in Europe with richest nightlife and best parks. The city was also named the dirtiest European capital. It is worthy of note that London took the second place on the list of unfriendly cities. The British capital comes third on the list of cities with friendly population.

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Paris preserved its reputation of the most romantic capital of Europe. In addition, it left its rivals behind as the city of best cuisine, took the second position on its parks and the attractiveness of residents, and came third on nightlife opportunities. At the same time, Paris takes the lead as the city with ill-disposed population. In addition, it takes second places on the lists of Europe’s most expensive and dirtiest cities.

Rome charms tourists from all over world with its local residents first and foremost. As far as other nominations are concerned, Rome took the second place for its cuisine and the third place for its romantic atmosphere and shopping opportunities. However, tourists criticized the Italian capital for its high prices and pollution.

The list presented by the above-mentioned portal closes with “boring” cities – Brussels, Zurich and Warsaw. Zurich was named the cleanest city of Europe.

Amsterdam , Barcelona, Budapest, Venice, Dublin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Prague, Stockholm and Florence received mostly positive reviews from many of the polled tourists. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, won the title of Europe’s cheapest capital.

It is worthy of note that Moscow has already appeared on the top 20 list of world’s dirtiest cities before. The list was drawn by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a British research company. The company placed the Russian capital on the 14th place on the list.

Russian traveling agencies say that the number of foreign tourists visiting Moscow has been declining steadily. The number dropped by 10 percent in 2007. The largest number of visits to Moscow was registered in the beginning of the 1990s. Foreigners’ interest in the Russian capital started to decline since then. It probably happens because of the service level, high living costs and the lack of new tourist products. As a rule, foreign tourists see one and the same places of interest during the recent 70 years.

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov